In partnership with Star institute we are delighted to be working with Tor View Special School to deliver NPQML.  This gives us facilitators who are experienced school leaders from primary, secondary and special education allowing participants to work cross-phase to develop their specialisms and practice. The first session takes place on Tuesday 29/10/19 1-5pm.  To find out more download our flyer here And to book a place visit

The Department for Education has allocated a £10 million fund for scholarships for eligible candidates undertaking National Professional Qualifications in school leadership. Scholarships are for candidates in category 5 and 6 local authority districts, including Opportunity Areas like Blackpool, Oldham and Bradford, and other districts such as Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Knowsley, Salford, Pendle and Burnley. To find out if you’re eligible for a funded place, please get in touch or check your school on the get information about schools website. The scholarships are available on a first come first served basis until the fund is exhausted.

Programme Details

There are six NPQML study modules which set out leadership aptitudes. Modules focus on improving leadership practice and supporting the development of the critical leadership behaviors of commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect – behaviors which exemplify how outstanding leaders should operate.

The six study modules to be completed are:

  • Strategy and improvement
  • Teaching and curriculum excellence
  •  Leading with impact
  • working in partnership
  • Managing resources and risk
  • Increasing capacity

Our programme offers 4 face-to-face leadership learning sessions all delivered 12.30-5.30pm.  The dates for 2019/20 are:





Programme Structure – Within these sessions, we build in dedicated time to support the preparation for the final assessment. The face-to-face events are also supplemented by workplace learning, reading, reflections and online learning.

Assessment – In order to gain the qualification, the NPQML final assessment must be completed, the task is designed to allow individuals the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to be an effective middle leader.

Each individual will need to lead an improvement project in their team lasting at least two terms, and which is aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment as well as the capacity of their team.

Support for Sponsors: the role of the sponsor is key to a participants success, to support sponsors we are holding a sponsors breakfast on 29/10/19 at 8am at The Hollins.  This will explain the role, the programme and assessment as well as an opportunity to meet with other sponsors.

Location – The face to face sessions will take place at Tor View School as well as at our local alliance schools.

Price – £950 per person


QA report Feb 2019

“Louise and Kelly worked very effectively together, checking in with each other to ensure the group were ready to progress to the next stage of the session and between them ensuring they joined discussions with all table groups. They are both approachable and warm, and demonstrated a real rapport with the participants, as well as an understanding of the local context.”

Sophie Backen, Star Institute